How to Define Your Type, Part I

Who are you? And how are you perceived by those auditioning you?  Seems elementary enough if you’re talking about someone else.  Yet, there’s a prevalent fear among actors of becoming pigeonholed: confined to playing the same sort of character or genre until they’re identified only as Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon, Fonzie from Happy Days, or Edward from Twilight

Well, frankly, that would be a very good problem to have. I realize this is a rather novel idea, but consider focusing on defining your most natural inclinations first and then branch out from there. 

Think it through for a moment. Once you’re established as a good solid type, you can later stretch beyond those parameters to create anything you want.  You can play against type, if you will.

Of course, you may later expect the same successful response you received originally when you first “hit.” But you won’t make your initial mark without first establishing yourself with who and what you are clearly perceived as first and foremost.

Concentrate on who you are, first and foremost. This tends to be the antithesis of conventional training, but you are far more likely to be cast for being yourself. That can be the hardest thing to play, especially when there’s no effort in your performance.  

Frankly, no one is interested in seeing you work at a character. After all, if you’re everything… nothing specific comes to mind.  

Next week, discover what simple tools you can apply to better determine how you’re perceived.

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